Jess Douglas

Mega Miles - 24hr Oppy & GDT16 400km Bikebacking

10 May 2016
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Much too much to report...life is full and as I would have it, its busy and time is scarce.
Let me fill you in.

I had a great February, trained and raced really well in the 10th Giant Odyssey. Nothing to complain about there.
Back on the bandwagon pronto and off to work for a week at Mt Buller with a school group.
Hard work but riding and guiding on the mountain was and always is a blessing.

On my return I had 4 weeks to nail the Otway 300 course, so Norm and I spend many spare afternoons and weekends mapping it out by driving and mostly me and my willing volunteers riding the course we envisaged.
For any event organiser whipping up a big route like the Otway 300, you know you can just wing this or link a few bits of single track together knowing its going to be fun.
Epic riding needs to be safe, though challenging, delivering an unfolding landscape of surprises to urge the rider on even if they are fatigued. As well as working out how we would deliver support and maximise safety.
You can imagine day 1- 175km took us many shots to get this right.
Day 2 of

The 10th Giant Odyssey - 2016 Forrest, The Otways, Victoria, Australia.

25 February 2016
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​There was a big race I turned down to attend my 10th Odyssey, it was the World Solo 24hr champs in Rotorua and apparently it was a course the would have suited me..blah blah…

Well back in 2007 I promised myself after hurting a lot on the inaugural Otway Odyssey that I would do every single 100km Odyssey until the event ceased or I did.

So when the dates clashed, it was an easy decision to make.

I love to ride and am better suited to a longer course, like a 100 miler or longer still is even better. This time

This is not a race report ;)

25 January 2016
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There is no doubt I am not alone here, work hard in most parts of my life but put off the small things that end up mattering.

Eg: Massage. I need one, but don’t have the time.  
Hair. OMG, it is so dry and brittle with grey hairs poking through everywhere, but hey I use the purple blonde shampoo that spruces up the highlights and a hair tie.  These things allow me to extend the hair appointment being made for up to 3 months.
Sleep.  I want to have 10 hours a day but generally am stoked to get 7.  By

24hrs at Stromlo, the most fun you can have in 24hrs!

26 October 2015
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Its been 2 weeks since I raced at the Australian 24hr SOLO Mountain bike championships at Mt Stromlo.
For most of us that race these events, its not just the body that needs time to recover, its our mental wellbeing, and that means the capacity to put the race into words, apologies for the suspense.

Last year in 2014 Norm and I turned up to the Scott 24hr as I was not going over to Scotland to defend my World Champion title.  

Life had been hectic and training had not been world class.

This race is where I really cut

Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr SOLO fun time at Jubberland

29 September 2015
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Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr MTB Enduro at Jubberland, Castlemaine, September 26th 2015. 

The short notice of the 12hr race held an appeal for me in many aspects.
I had been methodically training since my return from Italy at the start of June.
With already eleven weeks of training and progression and the aim to turn up to the Aussie national 24hr solo champs on October 10th & 11th the timing of this event was almost perfect.

It was decided that a good 12hr hit out on the mountain bike would serve well as a big load training day with much to observe,

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